Happy Fourth of July! Many families and friends will feast on hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, potato salad, corn on the cob, and many other potluck delights. Are you aware of what you are buying? Is it the best choice for your recipe or dish? Do you or any of your guests follow a gluten-free lifestyle? Let me help you make some healthier choices for your firework festivities.
Better Baked Beans
We all have our own unique recipes for baked beans. Are you aware of what is in your canned baked beans for your recipe? Do you know how much sugar is present per serving in the canned beans you are using? Are they gluten-free for those concerned?
Sugar can be a main ingredient in canned or jarred baked beans. If you are cooking a recipe with canned beans and adding more sugar or molasses, make sure your canned beans are lower in sugar or add less sugar or molasses to your recipe. Here is my of gluten-free beans.
Bush’s Baked Beans (Baked and Grillin’ Beans included) has a range of 11 -16 grams of sugar and 380-550 milligrams of sodium per serving. No high fructose corn syrup in any of their beans. Bush Baked Beans are Gluten Free. Pick the Vegetarian style if you are avoiding meat.
Van Camps Pork and Beans has 7 grams of sugar per serving. Wins best choice for low sugar content. It does contain high fructose corn syrup.
B & M Baked Beans has grams of sugar and milligrams of sodium. These contain high fructose corn syrup. B & M Beans are Gluten Free.
Grabbing the pile of buns on the end of the aisle may not be the most nutritious choice. Who really has the time to dig through all the ingredient and food labels to figure out the best buns? I do, so here it is just for you. I always look at whole grains, fiber content, and ingredients used.
Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns and Hot Dog Buns has 4 grams of fiber per serving in the hamburger buns and 3 grams of fiber per serving in the hot dog buns.
Rudi’s Organic Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns provides 5 grams of fiber per serving.
Udi’s Gluten Free Hamburger & Hot Dog Buns*
Rudi’s Gluten Free Hamburger & Hot Dog Buns*
*Whole Foods has been the best place to find the Gluten Free buns but check your local retailer or other natural food stores if they carry these products.